National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran
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Marine Biology Station in Piran at National Institute of Biology, partner in LifeWatch Slovenia is monitoring the local marine environment with the help of the Buoy VIDA. The following instruments are located on the buoy: a Gill's Instruments 3D acoustic anemometer (height 5 m), a Vaisala air temperature and humidity sensor (height 3.5 m), and a CO2 sensor at about the same height above sea surface there is. An Xsens motion sensor (accelerometer/compass tilt sensor) is located in the hull of the buoy just below the top cover of the hull and below the mast. A CTD probe is setup attached to the buoy hull approximately 3 m bellow the sea surface. A Nortek As AWAC current meter is located on the seafloor at 22 m depth along with an oxygen optode (Aanderaa). There are three monitoring webcams. An underwater camera is located on the bottom of the buoy at about 2 m depth. The buoy is also equipped with three solar panels and a methanol fueling station.
Marine Biology Station in Piran at National Institute of Biology, partner in LifeWatch Slovenia monitors the waves and surficial currents assessment as well as a potential resource for monitoring the impact of wave energy on the marine environment with the help of High Frequency radar (HF Radar). Co-financed by the IPA ADRIATIC (EU) project ”Strengthening common reaction capacity to fight sea pollution of oil, toxic and hazardous substances in Adriatic Sea – HAZADR” (http://www.hazadr.eu/) two High Frequency (HF) radar systems WERA were setup along the coast of the Gulf of Trieste. The National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station (NIB) in collaboration with the Slovenian Environmental Agency (ARSO) placed a 12 channel system in the town of Piran (Slovenia), while the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimantale (OGS) set up its system in Aurisina (Italy). They operate in pair thus covering the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Piran. The near real-time results are available to public, local stakeholders and the scientific community in a graphical and digital form.